I graduated in 2007 for the study Mass Communication with the specialization Health Promotion and Government Communication. Since 2008, I work as researcher for Maastricht University (School for Public Health and Primary Care, CAPHRI) in the Netherlands. In 2012, I received cum laude for my PhD thesis on the impact of smoking bans on smokers and also the Dutch Public Health Prize. My current research projects at Maastricht University focus on health behavior change (e.g. reducing alcohol use, changing nutrition, and stimulating physical activity) among people with a low socioeconomic status. Finally, I am supervising four PhD students on different projects related to smoking cessation.
I work four days a week at Maastricht University. For the remaining one day a week I have worked as a (junior) researcher at the former Dutch expert centre on tobacco control STIVORO (2007-2013) and as policy and research advisor at the Dutch Alliance for a Smokefree Society or 'Alliantie Nederland Rookvrij' (2014-2015). At present, I work as a lecturer in research methodology at the study program Nutrition and Dietetics of The Hague University of Applied Sciences (Haagse Hogeschool) for one day a week.
In my leisure time, I enjoy going on vacation to the mountains of France, Spain or Greece together with my husband. Our favourite activities are skiing and canyoning. I also like to draw storybooks for children about mountaineering and canyoning.